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Tuesday, April 21, 2015

TOPICAL Postcards - Your Choice

Although there are many postcard collectors who collect only Views of their favorite places, there are lots of choices if you want to become a collector of Topical postcards.  Holidays, my personal favorite, are included in this category, and here's a list of some more topics that may interest you.  Of course, this list is incomplete, and you can find whatever your interest is on old postcards - just one of the reasons collecting postcards is so much fun!

Postcard Topics from Artists to Zoo 


Airplanes, Alligators…..Battleships, Bathing Beauties, Beer…..Cowgirls, 

Cameras, Children 

…..Dachshunds, Dirigibles, Decoration Day…..Eastern Star, Easter


Exposition…..Fishing, Full Moon, Fire Engines …..Gramophones, Gas Stations,

Golf…..Hold-to-Light, Horses, Hands-Across-the-Sea…..Indians, Illusions,

Interiors…..Jails, July 4th, Jesus…..Kewpies, Kissing, Kittens….

Large Letter,

 Ladies, Love Letters…..Maps, Marilyn Monroe, Mermaids…..Novelties, Nudes, 

New Year..... 

…..Ostriches, Ocean beaches, Olympics…..Pipes, Politics, Playing

Cards…..Railroad, Real Photos,  


Santa Claus,  


Suffrage…..Thanksgiving Turkeys,  Telephones, Trolleys

…..Underwood Typewriter,

University, U.S. Flag 


Vaudeville, V for Victory…..World War II, Western,

Womens Christian Temperance Union (WCTU)…..Xylophones, Xtra Embossed, X

Marks the Spot…..Yellowstone, Yale, YMCA…..Zero gravity, Zebras, Zephyr trains.

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Artist-signed CHILDREN Postcards: Jessie Wilcox Smith & Marsh Lambert

This post focuses on two well-known postcard artists who were especially talented at portraying children.  The first three postcards are by Jessie Wilcox Smith, who also illustrated children's books.  Her images combine a masterful use of light and shadow with a delicate hand in showing children at play.  She has an enduring popularity and there are modern reproductions of many of her designs.  These three postcards, all divided back flat images, are originals published by Reinthal & Newman. 

The first two Jessie Wilcox Smith designs shown here are signed at the lower right.  Below is an unsigned design with a sweet image. 

Marsh Lambert had a completely different style as shown in this series of little girls with flags of the WWI Allies.  Bright colors, bold lines and uncluttered images personify Lambert's work.  All three are divided back flat postcards published by A.M. Davis.  

Marsh Lambert's artwork can be found on a variety of child images - these designs are only a sample.  If you enjoy child postcards, both these artists can add value to  your collection. 

Friday, April 10, 2015


Silhouette postcards seem undervalued by U.S. collectors.  Although they are readily available from European sellers, American sellers have less of a selection available, so finding them may be a bit of a challenge. 

Silhouettes can provide dramatic images, especially when combined with colorful highlights. Here is a representative sample of color-added silhouettes with children.  All the postcards in this post have divided-backs.  

We begin with three flat postcards of little children in playful designs, all signed with the initials FB at lower right.  The backs only give us a Series number 511.  My Artist-Signed Postcard guide notes FB (not Baumgarten or Brundage) Children.  It does not tell us if the artist designed silhouettes.   

Without printed greetings, these would be wonderful framed for a child's room - we offer black mats in our eBay store, custom cut to the measurements of vintage and antique postcards, that would set off these designs beautifully.  Once the mat is added, the postcard fits perfectly into any 5X7 inch frame. 

Above is an embossed silhouette with art deco styling.  The colors and patterns added make this postcard especially bright.  Printed on the back is POST CARD with no design elements or logo.  

The two vivid Easter silhouettes above have brilliant colors added and art deco designs with shining gold details.  The designs are charming with a little boy and a rabbit celebrating Easter.  I particularly like the top image where little rabbits wearing red bows watch the boy dye eggs.  

They are flat postcards with plain borders, published by The Fairman Co. of New York, The Pink of Perfection. The publisher's logo is shown below.

There are different types of silhouettes that may interest you - some all-black ones have intricate designs of Angels or Fairies, others offer historical, seasonal or risque designs.  A collecting area worth exploring!